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BenR.T.
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Hey friends! A while back I sat down and wanted to design a new Tanto model. My previous versions have had a straighter profile with a gentler curve to the tip.

With this one I was inspired by the tanto master himself Mr. Bob Lum. I am by no means comparing my work to his, but just giving credit where it is due.

The Blade is Hand rubbed CPM 3V. It has a nice distal taper in the front 1/2" of the blade and is .290" at the guard. The balance point is right on the ricasso. It feels very quick in hand. The guard is Titanium with a multi anodized/textured finish and the spacer and menuki are hammered copper.


I made a nice little copper belt stud for the Bison front, hand stitched sheath.

(Pretty happy with these pictures too!) ;)


This one will be going with me to the Gathering in Vegas at the beginning of next month.


Any and all comments and critiques are welcome. Thanks for looking!


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Looks like nice clean work to me. It's like a Japanese bowie knife. B)

“If you trust in yourself. . . believe in your dreams. . . and follow your star. . . you will still get beaten by the people who have spent their time working hard and learning things, the people who weren't so lazy.” ~ Terry Pratchett

 

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Hey Ben, You should do well at the gathering what ever that is. Nice thing about your work is its original, one of a kind!

 

Got talked into doing the Washington Show. Wasn't planning on doing but glad I am. I just hope it isn't another long nap. Will you be there?

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Very nice lines and overall look!
I see a guy who might want to go a bit more "artistic" but maybe doesn't quite have all the skills necessary to make that happen...IF I'm right on this, a suggestion for you; Learn to draw; if you can already, do lots more of it.

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Hey Ben, You should do well at the gathering what ever that is. Nice thing about your work is its original, one of a kind!

 

Got talked into doing the Washington Show. Wasn't planning on doing but glad I am. I just hope it isn't another long nap. Will you be there?

It's a show in vegas put on by another forum.

 

Do you mean the Seattle show? Most likely I will be going back. The Kelso show, not so much.

 

Forged or all stock removal?

 

It is CPM 3V, and stock removal.

 

Very nice lines and overall look!

I see a guy who might want to go a bit more "artistic" but maybe doesn't quite have all the skills necessary to make that happen...IF I'm right on this, a suggestion for you; Learn to draw; if you can already, do lots more of it.

 

Thanks JD. I think it is the perfect fusion of art and hard use knife for me and my customers (right now anyway). I always draw up my knives on paper before I get into steel, just works better for me to have a solid starting point. It came out pretty much exactly like my concept drawing. There is always room to improve though.

I appreciate the input!

 

Original art in the middle.....

 

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Ben - you know I like your stuff, and this is no exception.

 

JD's comment/compliment/challenge is fairly interesting to consider. I think many of us are in a constant struggle with wanting more artistic shapes and adornment within the limits of a high-functional knife.

 

good work.

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